Be a Backyard Detective ~ Activities to do with kids this summer

Be a Backyard Detective ~ Activities to do with kids this summer

 My kids are on summer break from school.  My goal is to allow them to  have fun this summer but also learn, to be creative and grow in ways the “classroom” does not allow.  The last thing I want them to say is “I spent the summer watching tv”.  All though they would love to if I let them :).  We went to the dollar store and bought some magnifying glasses , they came in a 2 count  pack so only $.50 each.

They LOVE them, they look at everything from each others tongues, hair on their arms to the fibers on the carpet.  But they REALLY love to explore outside.  They walk around  being backyard detectives and looking at the world a little closer!

They notice that the dirt is not just a brown patch we walk on, instead there are tiny rocks, sticks and even bugs.  They love to watch the ant trails and watch to see where they go, what they carry and how many there are.

They notice the different way plants look some are fuzzy while others smooth. They also noticed the rain left on the leaves of the plants in our garden after a early morning thunderstorm.  I love to watch them explore the world around them.  It is a simple, frugal but fun activity that my kids will enjoy over and over.

Melissa & Doug Mombo Snake Magnifying Glass

More activities, projects and fun things to do with your kids this summer.

 Dirt and Worms ~ Fun summer recipe for kids

 Make your own Crayons ~ Activities to do with kids

Wiggle Worm Game ~ Games to do with kids

Make your own Bean Bag Toss ~ Games to do with Kids

Watch a Local Race ~ Frugal Family Activities to do

Corn Starch Gak Science Project to do with kids

Color Collage with ads from the paper

DIY Chime Set ~ Music Fun For Kids

Recipe for Homemade Slime

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